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 Three artists, two mediums of expression. Learn about these talented individuals.

WWhat do intricate sculptures, live art projects, Western-inspired photography and X-ray photography have in common? The answer is the traits of the people behind the art. With innovation at the forefront of their minds, these three artists express their passions in awe-inspiring ways as they spearhead the industry norms. 

With art as subjective as it is, the opportunities for expression are limitless. These three individuals stand out for their exemplary artistry and creative contributions to the art world. Beau Simmons, Elizabeth Turk and Nick Veasey are all masters in their crafts and bring fresh perspectives and interpretations of the world into thought-provoking works of art. 

Beau Simmons
Markowicz Fine Art Gallery, Laguna Niguel

Heavily influenced by the fascinating culture of the West, Beau Simmons captures the beauty of this cultural lifestyle with his photography. Simmons is a master in the lost art of film photography and uses this method to capture his ICONIC scenes of the West. 

The photographer began his career in the fashion industry, working in Los Angeles and New York City with household brands like Marc Jacobs, Guess Jeans, and Free People. However, his true passion lies in interpreting and capturing the Western lifestyle. 

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“I wanted something more, to tell more of a story that would benefit others,” Simmons says. “After about 10 years in the fashion industry, I was invited to visit a ranch in Northern California. I had never been around horses or cowboys before. I just fell in love with the community, the people, the foundation of being under God in a small community, and the people’s selflessness in the land. It was something that really spoke to my heart. I was supposed to be out there for three days, but I ended up staying for two weeks.” 

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Traveling to some of the largest ranches in the world, Simmons immerses himself in the culture to showcase the forgotten cowboy lifestyle. 

“The Western collection is authentic,” Simmons says. “I am working on horseback alongside these cowboys. I had to learn how to load up my camera gear on a horse and ride. After getting bucked off a few times, I grasped it and learned how to work alongside them.” 

Beau Simmons

Along with his authentic Western images, Simmons created the Americana Collection, which captures the essence of the Western lifestyle in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s through his eyes.

Simmons’ commitment to authentic storytelling translates into his work, pulling back the curtain on the exciting culture that helped establish the western part of the country. 

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“Every time you speak to a cowboy, a cowgirl, or anyone in that community, they all say they don’t care about the money; they do it because they love it. I think the rest of the world and the rest of our society in America don’t quite grasp the selflessness and humility that goes with that amount of work. And that’s what I try to capture in my work.”

Simmons’ work is currently featured in Markowicz Fine Art Gallery in Laguna Niguel, California. 

Elizabeth Turk
Scape Gallery, Corona Del Mar

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Elizabeth Turk is a visionary who values the art created when a community comes together and connects to contribute to something bigger than themselves. Working on both 3D art sculptures and participatory art, Turk provides a fresh perspective to the art realm. 

Being skeptical about the sustainability of an artist’s income, Turk never imagined herself being one full-time, despite it being her passion. After trying multiple professions post-graduation from college, she never felt fully fulfilled. 

“I just lept,” Turk remarks. “There were a few pivotal moments that really catapulted that decision, but I began being able to live off an artist’s salary for a year, then it was two years, and then I never looked back.”

Turk’s talents allow her to sculpt intricate works of art that can be left to the beholder’s interpretation. Her keen attention to detail has landed her works in galleries around the globe, and she has received various awards for her innovative contributions to the art world. 

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“Curiosity inspires me,” Turk says. “My first few sculptures were nature memorials, with the goal of putting people back in nature rather than lording over nature. There’s a tension between just being and the irresistible urge to be in control of everything.”

Along with sculpting, Turk involves herself in participatory art, in which a community comes together to bring a piece of art to life. 

“I really enjoy the challenge of creating a framework that stimulates and inspires non-artists to see themselves as creative,” Turk explains. “The footage we get from this art form is so beautiful.” 

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One notable participatory project Turk conducted involved gathering a retirement community together shortly after the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. People gathered in a courtyard holding decorative umbrellas over their heads as a drone flew by, capturing images that would later be pieced together into a kaleidoscopic image. 

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Turk worked with Scape Gallery on a participatory piece of art to bring the Corona Del Mar community together to express ideas. Together, they transformed the gallery into a massive canvas. 

“I have always been so grateful to Scape because they wanted to share art-making in a different way,” Turk explains. “We started a studio in the gallery space to brainstorm ideas. Soon enough, everyone in the community came together with their opinions. All of the walls turned into idea boards, and at the end, the gallery was filled with all these different ideas, thoughts, and models.” 

Turk continues to make her mark on the art world with her sculptures and creative participatory pieces. 

Nick Veasey
Art Angels, Los Angeles

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Nick Veasey is a British photographer and pioneer in the photography field. He combines the lost art form of film photography with the unconventional tactic of utilizing X-ray technology as a form of creative expression. 

Veasey’s work captures everyday items and settings on a deeper level, revealing their beauty within—for example, with intricate mechanics from cars and the human skeleton—and the complexities behind movement and objects that we often categorize as mundane or straightforward. 

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Nick Veasey

“We all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover,” Veasey remarks. “Beauty is more than skin deep. By revealing the inside, the quintessential element of my art speculates on what the manufactured and natural worlds consist of.” 

Veasey captures his images using X-ray film, which utilizes more potent X-ray machinery than what you would find in a hospital or airport. Aware of the health concerns and speculations associated with X-rays and radiation, Veasey does not use human subjects. 

“Every X-ray I take has to be risk-assessed as the equipment emits radiation,” he says. “My studio is a 2-foot-thick concrete room that traps the radiation inside.” 

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While the outcome of Veasey’s work is striking and beautiful, it comes with many challenges. One is that because the images are shot using film, making it much more difficult to enlarge or reduce the image. Larger projects of Veasey’s often require meticulously connecting each film sheet to reveal the finalized picture. Veasey refers to this process as “solving a jigsaw puzzle.”

X-ray photography demonstrates a different approach to capturing life and allows people to see art through a deeper lens. 

“X-Ray is democratic,” Veasey says. “It shows things for what they are truly made of. By removing the surface and concentrating on the inner workings, my work reveals how my subject came to exist, whether designed by man or nature. My work is straightforward. I like that. You don’t need an art history degree to understand it. It’s an X-ray, and you can see inside. Simple can be effective.”

Veasey’s X-ray photography will be showcased at the Art Angeles Gallery in Los Angeles in May. 

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